Shamelessly, we set aside only an hour or so, once every year, to express our general appreciation for those who sacrificed, and continue to sacrifice, everything to provide all of us the rights and freedoms we enjoy today. Is that enough? Is the actual level of sacrifice properly and adequately recognized?
Every morning we as a society awaken with the full knowledge that we are safe, free, and can avail ourselves of virtually any and all opportunities. We have the freedom to choose where we live, where we work, and with whom we associate. We can choose what we eat, what we do, and when we do it. These represent rights and freedoms that we all enjoy, and which we all take for granted.
With the exception of November 11th at 11 AM, how much thought do we really give as to how we came to enjoy those choices, rights, and freedoms? How much thought do we really give to those who willingly left the comforts of their homes, the love of their families, and the countries in which they lived, to defend what we now enjoy every hour, of every day of the year. Most of us do not personally know those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, but nor did they know us when they made that selfless choice
The next time you speak freely, the next time you vote, the next time you exercise your constitutional rights, the next time you read someone else’s opinion, the next time you close your eyes and feel the winds of freedom, remember those who have sacrificed allowing for those rights and freedoms – for whom many there was no next time.
We at Haywood Hunt salute all the men and women who sacrificed for all of us. Thank you to all members of our military both past and present. We shall always recognize and appreciate how you have defended our rights and freedoms. Lest we forget.
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